Smart Museum of Art

Smart Museum of Art
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The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago opens the world through art and ideas.

As the art museum of the University of Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art takes a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to the collection, display, and interpretation of art. Founded in 1974, the Smart is home to acclaimed special exhibitions and a permanent collection that spans five thousand years of artistic creation. Working in close collaboration with scholars from the University of Chicago, the Smart has established itself as a leading academic art museum and an engine of adventurous thinking about the visual arts and their place in society.

Admission is always free!

This experimental model of collaborative arts education brings together a cohort of high school students and educators, artists, and arts administrators to look at, talk about, and make art. Each participant is an equal stakeholder in the process, contributing their unique skills and perspectives to the work of dismantling traditional learning hierarchies and embracing multiple roles as learner, teacher, and maker. Collectively, participants explore the many ways in which art can help us think critically and creatively about our world.

The six-week sessions take place outside of school hours at the Smart Museum, the nearby Arts Incubator in Washington Park, and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.

There is no set curriculum. Each cohort chooses the theme they want to investigate inspired by works at the Smart Museum and, ultimately, to connect with their own lives. Participants create a work of art together and present thee final projects to family, friends, colleagues, and school communities during an exhibition at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park.

For more information, visit

Smart Museum of Art
University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773 702-0200

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